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    Heard and Listen, Is there any difference of using?

    Is there any difference of using Hear and Listen?
    If yes, could you explain using concepts and examples?
    And is there an obligation to use the preposition to after Listen or it can be taken out?
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    Re: Heard and Listen, Is there any difference of using?

    Quote Originally Posted by pidr1nhu
    Is there any difference of using Hear and Listen?
    If yes, could you explain using concepts and examples?
    And is there an obligation to use the preposition to after Listen or it can be taken out?
    Regards.
    Yes, there is. I 'hear' noise, but I do not 'listen to' it.

    I hope that sentence is clear, but to clarify - one 'hears' passively, but to 'listen' is an active decision.

    As for your grammatical question, 'to hear' may be both a transitive and intransitive verb - "I hear" (intransitive), or "I hear music" (transitive). 'To listen' in contrast may only be intransitive, and so requires an indirect object fashioned from a dative or ablative clause - "I listen TO classical music", "I listen FOR the slightest disturbance", "I listen BY the fire", "I listen WITH my ears".

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    Re: Heard and Listen, Is there any difference of using?

    When you 'hear', you usually don't really pay attention. For example, you were on the bus the street and the people in front of you were talking about what they were going to do that night. You didn't pay attention to them, but you couldn't help that they weren't quiet enough to stop you from 'hearing' them. If you 'listen', you pay attention. If you are in class, you 'listen' to the teacher. You 'listen' when people are talking to you. You 'listen' to music.

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    Re: Heard and Listen, Is there any difference of using?

    humm, i got what you said..really thanks for both of you.

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    Re: Heard and Listen, Is there any difference of using?

    You're welcome. Anytime.

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